Aspirations Canada

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2019/2020.  Thank you to all who applied.

ACM-W is excited to partner with Queens University to offer the Award for Aspirations in Computing to students in Canada. 

The Award for AiC honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

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Award winners will be invited to attend the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAN-CWIC 2019) on November 9, 2019 at the International Center in Mississauga, Ontario. Winners will be recognized and presented with an award at CAN-CWIC. (Winners will be responsible for their own travel to the conference. If you are unable to attend the conference, your award will be mailed to you and you will be recognized as a winner on our website.)  

Eligibility for Canadian Applicants

Canadian students in grades 9-12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary  can apply as long as they are currently enrolled in a Canadian secondary school program. Canadian home-schooled students (grades 9-12) are also welcome to apply.

Canadian applicants are eligible for award recognition at the Affiliate level (ie. within Canada), but are not eligible for National recognition (including National Winner and National Honorable Mention).

Award Application Deadlines - Canadian Applicants ONLY

  • Applications will be accepted starting on September 20, 2019.

  • Applications must be submitted by October 14, 2019.

  • Application Notifications will occur on or around October 25, 2019.

  • Award ceremony is November 9, 2019 at the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAN-CWIC 2019).

How to Apply

Students may apply online at aspirations.org

  1. Create a user account, selecting "High School Student - Currently Enrolled" as the user type

  2. Complete all registration steps - take a look at the Application Step-by-Step guide for more assistance.

  3. Go to your Dashboard and complete the items listed. To select your school:

    • Click Select “Canada” in the “State” drop-down

    • Write-in your school name and select your Province/Territory in the “County” drop-down. 

  4. In order to consider your application final, you must receive parental approval from your parent/guardian. Follow the Parent Approval Step-by-Step guide. You cannot be considered for an award if you do not receive parental approval by Oct 21.

  5. Once you submit your application, your educator will be able to complete the endorsement. Follow the Endorsement Step-by-Step guide. Endorsements are due by Oct 21.

Please note that while applications appear to remain open in the application portal beyond the October 14, 2019 Application Deadline, no Canadian applications submitted after midnight ET on October 14th will be considered.

FAQs

  • Are Canadian College/University students eligible for the NCWIT Collegiate Award? Not at this time.

  • Are Canadian educators eligible for the NCWIT Educator Award? Not at this time.

  • Will my travel costs to CAN-CWIC be paid?  Winners are responsible for their own travel costs.

  • What if I can’t make it to the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing to pick up my award?  Your award will be mailed to you and you will be recognized as a winner on the CAN-CWIC website.

  • Find more answers to FAQ's here.